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Research and Travel Awards

There are two programs on campus that fund graduate student travel and research experiences. These funds are typically used for students to travel to give a presentation at a scholarly conference, but they can also be used to fund a trip to an archive or other research activities.

I. David Lavallee Student Travel Fund Scholarship Opportunity

The Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs is pleased to announce the availability of funding to support travel by returning undergraduate and graduate students to present, exhibit, or perform their scholarly or creative work at regional and national conferences. This opportunity is available through the David Lavallee Student Travel Fund, named in honor of David Lavallee, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs of SUNY New Paltz from 1999-2009.

Applications for this scholarship can be found in AcademicWorks. To apply, interested students should log on through my.newpaltz.edu, and select Money/Apply for Scholarship Opportunities. Complete a General Application, and then select the Opportunities tab to select and apply for the David Lavallee Student Travel Fund opportunity. Applications will be accepted through April 15, 2020.

Additional information about the award and application can be found here:


Please contact the Foundation Office at (845) 257-3957 or npscholarships@newpaltz.edu with any questions.

II. Graduate Student Research and Creative Projects Award (RCPA)

The RCPA is an internal grant program for matriculated graduate students. The purpose of the program is to support and encourage research and creative projects that enhance the graduate students' professional development as they pursue their master's degree or Certificate of Advanced Study. All matriculated graduate students in good standing (cumulative gpa of 3.0 or higher) are eligible to apply for this grant. The maximum award is $400 per annum.

The RCPA offers funding for projects that occur during the Fall semester and for projects that occur during the spring and/or summer semesters. Applications will be collected according to the following schedule:

The deadline for Fall applications is Oct. 1; Spring applications are due March 1

Follow this link to apply: